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. >> shannon: a scary thought, imagine the government compensating 40% of your savings. this is "special report." >> shannon: good evening. i'm shannon bream in for bret baier. citizens are going to feel a major pinch, something unthinkable in this country. greg palkot has the lead story tonight. >> the people of cyprus got the news they wanted but it will to be happy about. they have been saved from bankruptcy. one of the biggest banks will be shut down in part of a broader, economic slowdown here. >> it's too bad. >> bad. >> why? >> too bad. >> small depositors would be protected but people with bank account of $130,000 or more could see 40% or more seized by the both to pay for the bail-out. >> our deposits are not safe. >> european union officials defended the approach and called it the new template to handle future euro zone problems. stock markets said to fall in part op that news. european union says it cares. >> we will do everything possible. >> with the the merge european union funds assured some are set -- some banks set to reopen tuesday. they are going to try to prevent run on the
the deficit? paul ryan says no. >> at least budgets are passing around here for a change. the government's going to have to learn to do more with less, it's not the government's money, it's the people's money. >> the senate democrats are considering a number of balances ever-- >> and house committee chair paul ryan telling us republicans and democrats are still world's apart. well, that is an understatement. we saw that just an hour ago. the democratic-led senate defeating the ryan house budget 40-59. so is there any hope left? here is congressman paul ryan. >> great to see you. >> great it to see you again. >> greta: i want to talk about the budget that passed today, i imagine you're happy. >> we're very happy. we passed a balanced budget and it's important we owe the country a reasonable plan and grows the economy. balancing the budget is not just a statistical exercise it's the necessary means to a healthier economy, it creates more jobs and helps people keep more of hard earned money and a contrast to the other budgets that are passing. at least budgets are passing here for a change,
. take 20% of their dough. hard to say. this much is not. it is going to happen. because the government needs the dough. if they still want to get european union dough. it gets weird and complicated. desperate to stay in the euro club. does this ring a bell? it should. no one is taxing the bank holdings, thanks to obamacare, they are going after the other assets. 3.7% on investment sales larger than 100,000 grand. the next time you try to sell your house, trust me. you will hit the roof. think about that. tax not on your income, earned or unearned but your assets. what you have, what you own. your tangible assets. home here, bank account there. is there difference? no. no difference between american government taxing you for medical devices and what it deems as a medical insurance plan. taxing you not on what you make but what you have. the stuff you attain through life of work no, matter when you work or how much you made when you work. stuff you got now. to government, it sees that you have it now and it wants it now and wants you to pay up now. feel for the cri produce citizens who c
and local government have absolutely been desmated by rising healthcare costs, rising pension benefits they're paying out to retirees. this is the last strom they're paying what is left for snow removal, and they may have to ask for more money. the only silver lininges it forces families to stay home. have that dinner table conversation they might rather not have. they're all stuck in a dark room and can't use electronics. so there's so positives. >> neil: there is that. i'm wondering, this whole first quarter of the year has been buffetted by one storm after another and i'm wondering how it's going to affect the overall economy in terms of gdp and big data we get. will it be slower or is the boom you generally get after something like this make up for it? >> well, again, we still have the head wind from the rise in the payroll tax, which is absolutely affecting consumers. also, gdp will be faked. corporate earnings will be affected be the rising dollar and slow european recovery, if there is a recovery. and when we look at the storms, many in the northeast have fallen othe weekends, the ti
's the principle here. the principle is that the government has come in trying to take over one-sixth of the economy in order to be able to gain control of our lives, and of course it's going to be a mess. what does the government do that is good when it starts interfering with our lives? there are functions for the government. they need to remember what those things are and leave the rest of us alone. >> neil: what they discovered, as you warned -- this is prior to your prayer breakfast meet and greet with the president -- that all of a sudden the goodies would be showcased up front. the problems would be later. the goodies were fewer, the problems many more, and the cost of this potentially much, much hire than the thought. how is all of this rolling out now? >> well, of course the reason that it was done in secret, rather than in a transparent manner in which it was supposed to have been done, is because there are so many bad parts of it. there's so many obligations so many new taxes associated with it. it's incredibly expense simple. it was supposed to lower the cost. it has
has already used weapons of mass murder. >> the rebels say the government unleashed the chemical weapons. the regime leaders claim they are the real victims here. now, an international investigation into a possible crime against humanity. the apollo rockets brought mankind to the moon. but the rocketd engines fell back to earth. tonight, the mission to recover them from the ocean depth. and animal abuse caught on camera. now, a beach closed down because of what workers saw these women doing to some seals. with or without food. my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption. ♪reflective guitar♪ tony stewart: time teaches you things. you learn to look up to people with the courage to do what they love. that it's more than just a living, it's life. and in that time i've found that's the difference between leaders and everyone else. you'll have to pay five hundred bucks for your deductible. the truth? at allstate, you could pay zero. allstate gives you a hundred dollars off your deductible the day you sign up. then another hundred off every year you don't have a
the threat of a government shutdown next week. not shutting down the whole federal government used to be the kind of thing you could reasonably expect from your congress, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozle top on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about what they just voted on in congress and whether we just avoided one of the cliff slash ceilings clash crisis congress now schedules for us every few weeks and whether the way they avoided this next one is itself important. there's a lot going on in the news. we have a lot ahead. we begin tonight with late breaking and rather surprising news from the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry
use its airspace to shuttle weapons and soldiers to the syrian government >> for those of us engaged in the effort to see president assad step down and a see a democratic process take hold with a transitional government government according to the geneva communique, for those of us engaged in that effort, anything that supports president assad is problematic. bill: so iran claims the flights contain humanitarian supplies. conor powell in the middle east bureau in jerusalem. first of all who is behind the car bomb, the car bomb hit on the rebel commander? >> reporter: so often is the case, bill, really tough to get accurate information coming out of syria. but it is not clear if it was the syrian regime that launched this assassination attempt or if it was sort of opposition rebel fact -- faction that may have launched attack on the colonel of the he is reportedly in stable condition in turkey after the attack. he was one of the original founders of the free syrian army. it has been somewhat marge alized last several months. the colonel was never able to. the attack occurred while tou
. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. from the israeli government perspective, a country living with the threat of a nuclear iran possibly. president obama said the right things. during his visit about making sure iran does not get a nuclear weapon. at least one israeli leader is convinced if push comes to shove and military action is needed, the u.s. will be right alongside israel. amid the talk of war, though, the president is also pushing for peace between israelis and palestinians. that effort take a different tone on a specific issue today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president and reports from jerusalem. >> president obama spent a second day in jerusalem showing he is mending fences with israeli leaders to get upclose look at the dead sea scrolls and later trying to go around the leaders to appeal to the young people of israel to talk up peace. >> look to a future in which jews and muslims and christians can all live in peace and greater prosperity in this holy land. >> while also holding out the threat of war. again, vo
in limited government and more individual liberty. >> sean: well, then that raises the question when you look at, say, paul ryan's budget versus the democrats they never get into balance. paul ryan saying he can balance it in ten years and increase spending, growth, 3.4% a year. is that conservative enough for you? >> well, we're tugging him in the right direction. last year, you know, my budget balanced in five years. mike lee had a budget that balanced in five years and paul ryan's budget was 28 years to get to balance. this year it's in ten so i think he's coming in the right direction. now, he does things a little bit different and i'm not saying i'm that critical. he tries to bend the curve of spending to slow down the rate of growth. what i say certain things shouldn't be done in washington. department of education i'd send it back to the states. that's what reagan said, what the republican party said. i'm one of the few who would dismantle some of the big bad things in washington and just say, that should remain with the states and the people. that's the only way you'll ever shrink the
country. the government claims rebel groups use the weapons in an attempt that reportedly killed more than two dozen people. the rebels deny it. they claim it was, in fact, the regime that launched the attack. but after more than two years of each side leveling accusations of murder and torture and increasingly desperate employees for support for world powers. it's impossible to know who to believe. the regime claims the chemical attack happened outside of aleppo. syrian state media showed this video and reports it shows so. wounded. the people here do not bear any signs of any chemical warfare. no visible blisters or convulsions, discolored scand so forth. today the white house cast doubt on that government claim. the white house issued a stern warning nevertheless. >> the issue of the possibility of chemical weapons remains a great concern. you heard the president from this podium express his position when he said, quote: the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and his warning to the syrian regime that, quote: there will be consequences and you will be held acc
works towards a nuclear weapon. and as we try to determine whether the government of syria has already deployed chemical weapons against its own people. because, in the words of our president, that would be a game changer. >> we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened, what was the nature of the incident, that what can we document? what can we prove. i have instructed my teams to work closely with all of the countries in the region and international organizations and institutions. to find out precisely whether or not this red line was crossed. >> shepard: talk of syria dominated much of the president's news conference in jerusalem this afternoon. he spoke alongside benjamin netanyahu. just a day after both the syrian regime and the syrian rebels accused each other of deploying chemical weapons. now, so far u.s. officials say they have no evidence that those accusations are true on either side. but president obama says he is deeply skeptical that of any claim that the opposition rebels used chemical weapons at all. he did not say the same of the syrian regime. we have team
the budget because the only way you really can make an impact on government is by understanding the budget. and for this president to be in office for five years, not be able to get a budget done on time, really tells us that he has no interest in our economy, he has no real interest in straightening out our budget problems. i don't know what his priorities are, but they certainly aren't straightening out the tremendous debt that we've accumulated under his presidency. >> greta: and the senate should note that other presidents should know that other presidents have been late, but this is the first time the president didn't get the budget before the house and senate and we waited and supposed to get it early april, but maybe. mayor, listen to this the national debt we all owe stands at more than 16 trillion dollars, so are president obama and speaker of the house, john boehner, both in denial or are they drinking the same stuff? >> i think it's important to recognize is that we've already cut 2.5, 2.7 trillion dollars out of the deficit. if the sequester stays in you've got over 3 1/2 trill
they haven't attacked anybody and we are going to depend on that government. >> sean: so obama-- >> whether we like that government or not to have have peace and protect israel. >> sean: the president won't speak underneath the cross at georgetown and speak under you acknowledge a terrorist yasser arafat. what if he spoke under a picture of bin laden. is there any difference between bin laden and yasser arafat. >> you go to -- we're trying to create peace somewhere. >> sean: it would be okay with you. meeting with the leader-- >> apparently. >> sean, you have to have -- yeah, it's all right, sean, no. >> sean: and billy cunningham last work. >> you cannot pick who you're meeting with. >> sean: yeah, i can, i would. >> sean hannity, yasser arafat gave birth to osama bin laden. in the '70s and '80s he was the site of more terrorism in the islamic world arafat. and to have our president underneath a terrorist like that. crucifixes are bad, terrorists okay with obama. >> sean: and rudy guiliani is here to react to what's going on and the decision by obama to give a presser under this image of a
how government raises and spends money. >> wow. >> just 19% support the way congressional republicans are dealing with it. and it was nearly split. 47% sided with the president, 46% sided with republicans, and i wonder, joe, if this is at least inspiration enough for them to just get a deal. is anyone going to get worse than this? really? why can't they at least get something done. >>> i think politically the pressure is more on the president for this reason. you go -- you ask somebody -- it's kind of like lawyers. i found that everybody hated lawyers, right? >> yep. everybody loves their own lawyer. you should have seen what she did in court. man, let me give you my lawyer's number. it's the same thing with congressmen. everybody hates congressmen, but hey, my guy, my woman, they go up there and boy they fight. so, again, you've got to put yourself in the position of a congressman looking at 31% approval rating going, yeah, that's fine. i'm saying that 74%, the words of dire straits, you know, i got a daytime job, i'm doing all right. i think the pressure when you look at these numbe
that you have to remember that the prime minister of israel just formed a very fragile coalition government, and so the president, it's very shaky ground in israel, as well, in terms of his approval among israeli jews. many of them are sort of neutral about president obama. they don't dislike him but they don't adore him. and so for each man there is a big reason to show that they are in good for the other guy, to get some credit here in israel. and so, yes, there is good reason for each to show that all those old wounds are well on their way toward healing. nobody here is going to pretent that they don't have troubles. but they are showing that they can get along. >> keep looking for those smiles. thanks to jessica yellin in tel aviv this morning. we will come back to you over the course of the morning. this went from what was going to be a symbolic visit to one where all of a sudden there are urgent matters to discuss with the specter of chemical weapons possibly being used in syria. we want to go to our senior international correspondent ivan watson in amman, jordan, this morning. and iv
model, government subsidized haircuts shaves and shine will be a thing of the past and you the taxpayer will no longer foot the bill for the grooming of your senators. the american taxpayers have forked over 5.25 million dollars for, yes, senate hair care. pretty unbelievable, or maybe not. because we do know how important the perfect haircut is well, to certain senators. remember john edwards? remember this? ♪ i feel pretty, oh so pretty ♪ ♪ i feel pretty and witty and bright ♪ ♪ >> oh, what a classic. that's all the time we have left this evening. as always, thank you for being with us. let not your heart be troubled, the news continues. greta is next and see you back here tomorrow night. greta, take it away. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. an 8th marine has died after a mortar shell explosion during a training accident in nevada. several marines were also hurt in the desert warfare training and new outrage over senator harry reid's remarks and is he playing politics with the giant tragedy? >> late last night, seven of our marines were killed and many others were injure
ever in washington's story -- this is a big story here. we have a government agency that actually wants to cut its budget. it wants to -- >> neil: bingo. wants to downsize. >> congress won't let them. never seen this before. congress is saying you can't touch your budget. it would be one thing if the postal service were earning profit and they had extra money but we're talking bat government agency, because of the decline in mail volume, losing in the neighborhood of 10 to $12 billion a year. this his the first baby step. >> neil: why was this rejected in part of a bigger thing. it wasn't as if they were just fighting this. do they want a more aggressive approach or were they saying, we about to start from scratch? >> first of all, that's the big problem. you have 535 bosses at the postal service trying to run this thing. and the postal -- postmaster general, good caw, cost cutter, wants to make this work. everytime he has tried to cut spending at the postal service, congress has blocked him. another example. we have literally scores and scores of old post offices in towns where you don
government debt. we'd have a $15 trillion balance sheet. if you want to bet on that, nathan, bet on that. i'm betting on 320 million people doing what people do as they age. they spend less money. the fed's going to only have to stimulate more and more. >> really. the american consumer is fabulous, harry. >> $2 trillion of stimulus, nathan. >> you could have a $2 trillion mortgage on your house if you can afford to pay the debt right now. you're not going to be going bankrupt any time soon. >> nathan, i want to talk to you five years from now. you are crazy. people in a bubble, they never see the bubble. they sit there and say it's fine until it bursts. >> harry, some day the star is going to super nova. if you predict it long enough, in 450 million years you're going to be right. you haven't had a prediction that hit yet. >> we've already had a crash. the government stopped it. that didn't happen in history. let the government keep doing this. they will keep it going as long as they can. >> we didn't have it. >> they will fail. they will fail. i will make that prediction. >> you'll never m
got that one wrong as well saying it was a responsibility. that it's not the government that should be in your lives making sure there is shelter over your head, making sure you have food on the table, medicine to keep you well and health care essentially. she says this is the american dream that i believe in. that's what i've been trying to teach my kids and this test is going against it. >>brian: it was on facebook and now has become a huge story. an update on that fox news alert. a shooting in quantico, virginia, where a suspected shooter killed two marines and then killed himself. sherry ly joins us live with the details. when did this happen? >> this happened at 11:00 last night at the officer candidate school. we're told that the gunman and the two victims were all active-duty marines. it started at that officer candidate school. one person was shot dead. according to a base spokesman at quantico, the gunman headed to a barracks, barricaded himself inside. military police as well as law enforcement were called in. a special reaction team went into the barracks where they found
numbers. >> the government has to enroll people to make sure they have coverage. >> older people with higher healthcare cost are paying 5 to 7 times what a 20-year-old is paying for the same health insurance policies. >> obamacare will change that allowing a 3 to 1 difference to drive rates up for younger people. >> substantially higher, maybe double what they were paying. of course, that will cause young people say is it worth it? i go without inurious. >> it's absolutely going to be a premium shock for people that are basically younger and healthier. >> a lot of the great shock will be eaten up by the subsidiaries they will receive. >> the fine for an individual not having insurance is low. $95 a year in 2014. so what if young people decide to wait until they get sick, then sign up? >> that would be perfectly allowable under the law. so you could see many million of people moving in that direction. >> that would be perfectly legal, but lethal for obamacare hope to cover everyone and lower costs at the same time. shannon? >> shannon: much more to come on this. thank you. >> abso
that to fixed income certainly in government space so we like equities and we like global equities. it will have to be a multi asset strategy which is kind of all of the above. looking at commodities and debt and equities and looking in companies in europe. there are good companies with strong balance sheets in europe, as well. looking into russia, indonesia, malaysia. so it is not so much a risk on/risk off. if i can jump off an earlier point which is fantastic which is the expansion we see the fundamentals have not changed a lot. that allows us to be a little more flat until the end of the year. sentiment is a very powerful thing. sentiment as momentum picks up people become more confident and like stocks that can be rather strong. we are looking at that right now. so bonds are being sold to finance equities that would change the dynamic and we have to revisit our estimates. >> thanks so much. >> thank you. >>> and coming up we will get more specific and find out which stocks this week's market monitor likes. >>> more warnings that investors should get out of bonds. billionaire investor says i
of the government backed outfits that insured them. freddie mac is suing more than a dozen of the world's biggest banks accusing them of manipulating the interest rate that banks charge each other to borrow money. freddie mac claims that resulted in losses that could reach into the hundreds of billions of dollars. since you brought this, you may also like a match box camera, an umbrella gun, or a drone. amazon.com is reportedly getting in the spy business. the trade site federal computer week says amazon is helping the cia build a secure cloud computer network. amazon and obviously the cia are not saying anything but the deal is said to be worth $600 million over ten years. a tough break for the animal rights activists of people for the ethical treatment of animals, potential confusion about whom to throw paint on. it turns out some of the fake fur on the market is not fake at all. neiman marcus and two other retailers settled a federal case by admitting they sold real fur to customers who thought it was fake. why? the "new york times" says the demand is actually much higher for the fake stuff th
-- erupting over the euro zone bailout offer. the government of cyprus's central bank saying there should not be changes -- charges, rather, on accounts up to $129,000. they expect 10% of all deposits to be taken out when banks reopen on thursday. a russian energy company is looking to cash in on the gas problem is offering to bail out cyprus in exchange for the rights to explore for natural gas there. >> a stunning new report on mammograms this morning. researchers saying 60% of abnormal mammograms turn out not to be cancer and false positives can lead to unnecessary biopsies or even surgery. this is taking a serious mental toll on some patients. women who received a false positive report anxiety and depression three years after learning they're cancer-free. >>> don't even look at this. one week after mayor bloomberg lost his fight to ban big sodas, now he wants to ban the display of all tobacco products in stores. business owners would have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind a curtain. this would make new york city the only city in this nation to do so. >> those are your hea
that was filled with explosives in his room. bill: washington getting ready for a possible government shutdown about a week from now? will that happen? the obama administration warning lawmakers it might have to cancel the annual easter egg roll on the first of april. that event happens every year. expected to draw ten of thousands to the white house set for april 1st, just a few days after the could run out of money. white house is saying finally by using these tickets guests are acknowledging this is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the executive office of the president and other federal agencies. if canceled the event will not be scheduled. we'll notify you if there are any modifications of the event. that bass part of the fine print given to members of congress when the invites went out. invites to bob beckel, former campaign manager co-host of "the five." brad blakeman, deputy campaign manager of president george w. bush. good morning to you. who wants to be peter cottontail here? brad, do you want to raise for your hand for that or is that better suted for b
the libertarians who just want government out of their face and out of their lives and you kell another engine. try to do what reince priebus is doing right now and you will see the problem, try steering the car with your engine dead. try steering the political party once you kill the motor. you set out to kill the big motors of the republican party itself. for progressives the amazing thing here is people on the left, center left, and a big share of the center right now are together. they know why the republican established wants to free itself from the issues, they are relieved, thrilled really, it not them trying to hold together a motley crew. senior strategist for rick santorum's political campaign. let me go -- i want to start with the basic question of a political party. this week's republican autopsy report it's being called urged the party to be more inclusive of gay people, women, minorities, did not go unnoticed by the social conservative wing of the party. the report makes little of their concerns. the report never mentions the word christian or church. there's know -- no talk of abort
, the hard work of actually governing this church begins. it's the transition from style to substance. that's going to be the story going forward. >> hmm, interesting. all right, let's talk about going forward a little bit as we enter what is the most holy kind of year in the catholic church, the season of easter. outside of the pomp and circumstance, as we head into this time, what happens with what the pope does next? >> well, obviously the preparations now for holy week, he's learning to do what he's been doing as a priest for many years. he was or tained a priest in 1969, so celebrating mass for holy week is not new to him. celebrating it as pope is huge. i'm sure there's a lot of last-minute preparations as all of his assistants who coordinate those things are trying to learn his preferences. and we're seeing a lot of those kinds of things. we talked earlier about the fact that his -- his worth has been rather general and painting with broad brush strokes. so we're right now reading symbols. we're looking at his vesture and the things he's choosing to do. >> what that could mean. >> ho
into the possible use of chemical weapons in syria. president bashar al assad and his government accusing opposition of using them in aleppo. the opposition pointing its collective finger at the syrian government. as both sides continue to squabble, u.s. officials are trying to get proof that chemical weapons were used at all. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following all these developments for us. she is joining us live. where are we right now on this, barbara? >> good morning, zoraida. u.s. intelligence community is conducting its own investigation as to what happened there and we have new details. as more pictures emerged of hospitalized syrians, cnn has learned u.s. intelligence agencies are in a massive around-the-clock effort to determine if these people were attacked by chemical weapons. so far, u.s. officials say there is no corroboration. >> so far, we have no evidence to substantiate the reports that chemical weapons were used. >> reporter: in a classified briefing to congress, intelligence officials said it's not clear what happened. but cnn has learned new details about how the c
be a mushroom cloud. and that's not true. there was relationship between the iraqi government and the people who attacked us on 9/11. and yet, there's the republican presidential nominee, the last one to run, saying actually the iraq war was a war of liberation. at the republican convention this year, when they picked that nominee, the speech was given by the national security adviser during the iraq war, the one who said the smoking gun would be a mushroom cloud, who describe that war in her speech that night at the convention as a hard hard decision to keep us from being attacked again. ten years later it is hard to come to terms with the fact we went to war based on something the president told us that was not true. there is nothing that can bring back the more than 4400 american troops who died in that war, the more than 30,000 american troops wounded will not be made whole. we cannot bring them back. we cannot heal their injuries retroactively. and george bush and dick cheney and condoleezza rice are still around. in terms of how we get right with this as a country, the accountability can't
the truth. if not they should be held accountable. not for political views or governing philosophy but for making stuff up. tonight we are featuring michele bachmann. tonight she raced away from our dana bash who was trying to ask her questions about remarks michele bachmann made at the conservative political action conference over the weekend. in the statements she slammed the white house reaction during the attack that killed four americans in libya last fall. >> a war was raging in benghazi for hours and all we know is that our president went awol. [ booing ] >> while cries from american diplomats and soldiers went unanswered. >> then she shifted to government spending specifically the white house budget. >> a new book is out talking about the perks and excess of the $1.4 billion a year presidency that we are paying for. this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. now we find out that there are five chefs on air force one. there are two projectionists who operate the white house movie theater. they regularly sleep at the white house in order to be readily available in case the fi
of the president is he seems more interested in the trappings and fun stuff than the governance, which was the job he was hired to do. he has an enormous amount of power. we pay him to do the job. you can say the project process is not sexy or exciting. >> neil: i built a career on it. >> now we're going back and forth. the fact is this is what you law says. he should abide by that. >> neil: well-spoken. thank you very much. i was kidding you about your favorite days but i'm worried. >>> fair and balanced. new york democratic congressman charly wrangle doesn't agree with a thing he said, which is okay. >> listen, only if you're fair and equal. forget the brackets. i'm here for the budget. >> he's late. it's routine policy in washington for things to be late. i guess we get used to this. but should we? >> well, let me make it clear that once the budget is passed, it has no meaning at all in the law. and so that there's no compulsion for anyone to do anything if, and i hope soon, there's agreement to the budget. a budget is really a statement of policy of the party. and hopefully in the future, we w
our first look at just how big after case the government was building against the late internet activist aaron schwartz, a student at m.i.t. accused of habbing into the school's computer network. the university has now agreed to release whatever documents were handed over to federal prosecutors. schwartz's family hopes doing so will prove the case against their son was bogus. we never got to hear schwartz's full side of the story. he hanged himself in federal prison before the trial. >>> dennis rodman is that friend who can't keep a secret. the north korean dictator kim jong un just learned that the hard way. rodman told the british tabloid "the sun" that kim jong un's wife kept talking about her beautiful daughter during his trip there when he and kim became bffs. rumors of kim's secret daughter have swirled for a couple years but north korea never confirmed she existed. >>> now our sports lead. march madness is as much about big money as hoops. politicians here in d.c. are seeing dollar signs whether they filled out a bracket or not. the regionals of the ncaas will happen in w
and what the republicans miss is that even rich people need government. even if it is just to build the runways for their gulf stream jets. it is not a case of charity. we're all in this together. this is the essential message that barack obama ran on with robert and ran on again in his re-election campaign. the republicans don't get that basic concept. even when they're talking about government programs, they're talking about them as charity. they're not charity. >> steve schmidt we're out of time on this segment, need a quick word before you go. your reaction to cpac? >> i said a couple weeks ago, it has become the star wars bar scene of the conservative movement. it was certainly that and more as we look at this. the good news for republicans is that group's power is mostly illusory. they're a group that will make a lot of noise, it will be incumbent on our serious candidates to call out the excesses of some of the people at cpac to be taken seriously by the middle of the country. >> robert gibbs, steve schmidt, howard fineman, thank you for joining me tonight. >>> coming up, a n
too long. >> what do you make of the statement made by the iraqi government, the statement by the iraqi government yesterday that iraq has no weapons of mass destruction and is not developing any? >> they're lying. next? >> it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it could last, you know, six days, six weeks, i doubt six month. >> i doubt six months. >> my favorite donald rumsfeld assertions were how specific he tried to get about these things they were making up. 11 days into the war, he was asked by abc if he was surprised american forces hadn't found any weapons of mass destruction. his response, not at all. we know where they are. they are in the area around tikrit and baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat, yes, north, south, east and west somewhat. we know exactly where they are. donald rumsfeld is running from that history, having said things like that, made claims like that, not in passing, but as a case to the american people why we had to wage this war. donald rumsfeld has been running from what he did for years now. in 2006 wh
that would have allowed government officials to dip into the personal bank accounts of its citizens to fund a bailout. what's next? and with our nation facing a financial crisis, could it happen here? >>steve: we're talking to fox business network's charles payne. scary what's going on in cyprus. you see long lines, people up against the a.t.m. because the banks aren't open yet. >> it is scary because anywhere in the world people think their savings accounts are off limits. you've worked hard for this money. here's the thing. they were ready to tax everyone. i don't care if you would ten euro zone in the bank or a million euros in the bank, they were going to hit you with this tax. obviously that scares the heck out of people. >>alisyn: luckily it was shot down, that plan, because it was so controversial. how did europe react to all of this? >> it's interesting because i don't think the europeans were ready for this to happen. they hatched the plan over last weekend, the i.m.f., e.c.b. and the european union and i think they thought they had the votes. this puts them in a precarious positio
about destabilizing jordan and giving us maybe an advantage in iran if the syrian government changes and the fallout with israel. i think the long-term issue is do we have values that want to prevent this kind of thing? after all, europe finally did it and we were with them in bosnia. we didn't do it in rwanda. we did act in libya which has less strategic interest for us than this. i think there is no choice any more. i was very cautious for a long time and applauded obama for being cautious, but now we have reached the tipping point. >> we will come back to this. we have a lot of other news to cover as well. >>> first leg of mark sanford's shot at political redemption is complete. he easily clenched a spot in the runoff for the charleston area congressional seat. what is still unclear who his opponent will be. following thin voter turnout, bostic and grooms separated less than 1%. now sanford will try to cobble together support for those who voted for other candidates in what was a packed field flanked by his sons, sanford invoked the importance of putting the country's financial ho
counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the president did say he wants to have peace in the holy land and he will make that a priority. no accident the president says that this is the first international trip of his second term. >> this is no accident. across this region, the winds of change bring both promise and peril. so i see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security, and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> reporter: now, remember, carol, the first big trip of the president's first term was that trip to cairo. he gave that big speech promising more outreach to the arab and muslim world. some israelis took offense, they didn't think he took en
knows what is happening in jordan and you have a new israel government elected not to make peace or more but simply deal with the orthodox in the israel society. this is the most unripe situation for diplomacy any american president has walked into. >> mike, this american president, i think, has bent over backwards to be an honest broker between the israelis and palestinians and he did so in a way that actually angered the israelis. so hamas launches rockets into israel while the president is there and what do they do? they actually push away a guy that, again, is trying to be an honest broker. >> yeah, he has tried to be an honest broker and paid a price to it to some extent in domestic politics. what do you think of the theory, it's more than a theory, i would guess, that this trip is based largely less on policy than the president's personality, convincing the israelis and the israeli government that i am your friend. the united states is your friend. we are not going to falter or hesitate or anything when it comes to the defense of israel. >> i don't think he is aiming so much to the
in 2011. >> no federal government employees, including counterterrorism agents, in the fbi, for example, no border agents. now, before we default, we could have time to make this sign for all points of entry. that's just the tip of the iceberg. >> i think he was being sarcastic, don't you? >>> now to the ones who were ill advised for whatever reason. first iowa republican congressman steve king with the solution for illegal immigration in the form of a construction project on the house floor. >> you can't shut that off unless we build a fence and wall. i want to put a fence in and a wall in. i designed one. this would be an example, then, of how that wall would look. you can also deconstruct it the same way. you can take it back down. i also say we need to do a few other things on top of that wall. one of them put a little bit of wire on top to provide a disincentive for people to climb over top or put a ladder there. we can electrify this wire, not a current that would kill anybody, but would be a deterrent. we do it in livestock all the time. >> now for one that made the loser list. i
. so what we've seen and these are escalating is that people are being killed by the u.s. government and they don't even know their identity. what i've seen in my reporting on the ground in somalia, yemen, and elsewhere is we'll have tremendous blowback from this if we don't take a serious step back and look at the impact on the ground of the drone strikes. >> how about that? you've written about whether in pakistan these drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill as jeremy argued. >> well, what we actually look at is public opinion. what is interesting, everyone knows pakistanis tend to dislike the drones in the major cities. what we don't actually know is what pakistanis think about the drones in the tribal areas. in my own travels on pakistan i find that people, the closer they are to the drones the less willing they are to say they hate them. in part because they understand the options are the pakistan military are living under the regime but i will say i very much agree with jeremy. i am not a supporter of the so-called strikes. even if we were to have transparency we w
it likely to be shut down by who else? the federal government. frederick is one of 238 towers at small and medium airports the faa may close because of forced spending cuts. >> we are awarded the money and, you know, ten months later they say you don't need a tower here. so it's the world of mixed messages. >> reporter: in florida the government also givette and takette away, 1.8 million in stimulus money went to construct this new tower at oprah locka. $1 million for this tower in st. petersberg. now all on the chopping block. >> it looks to be -- >> this navy veteran has been clearing pilots for takeoff and landing for the past 11 years. it's all she knows. >> scary because i'm going to have to figure out something else to do for an income. it means i'm going on unemployment and that's the only income i'll have for me and my daughter. >> reporter: while airports will remain open, she says closing towers affects safety. >> there's going to be close calls, there's going to be midairs, there's going to be a runway accident. >> some pilots agree. >> tragically something is going to happe
the israeli government if necessary if diplomacy fails look me in the eye. i mean it. i will use military force to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. he also said he wouldn't stand in the way if israel wanted to defend itself. so at some points he is muscular at other points more gentle and reaching out. it is the big national holiday, the biggest holiday of the year in iran right now. when he talks about the great civilization he is trying to reach out to the iranian people saying if we can have a diplomatic solution here you and your isolation in the world community, you end that and become a bigger part of the national community. even as he did that today he did say all options are on the table. twice he said as president of the united states he can't take that away. the president is hoping and believes there are several more months to continue the diplomacy, he is hoping that works. he said at every stop on this trip if it doesn't he reserves the right to use a military strike. >> he seemed to be reaching out beyond the ayatolla, beyond ahmadinejad speaking directly to the ir
twice. and i'm thinking back to when they were in really bad shape. i'm thinking back to maybe mcgovern, when they really had a -- bob strauss came along. you know, like you, as a party chair and tried to rebuild out of what goodwill and a little bit of b.s., i guess, from bob. the idea was to rebuild. sometimes you just have to say, we have to hunker down, admit we're not too popular, and just hope time's going to change? what can you change with a political party? does any party ever say, let's do it different? and get away with it? clinton? >> well, yeah, i think bill clinton did that with the d.o.c. and sort of changed the direction of the party on policy. they've got to do that. the first thing i would do, were i a republican chair, is i would promote republicans. i'd give exposure to republicans who were pro-choice, who believe that a woman has a right to choose. i would try to show we are truly a big tent. i would try to put someone up who like marco rubio on immigration and say, look, this is the republican party position on immigration. if you house members don't want to follow
. not major expansions but new subdivisions. and the israeli government is debating whether to give the green light for a major new settlement on a parcel called e-1. and president obama did not mention settlements. there are a couple opportunities today where he could have turned to his counterpart and said, you must stop. he has said that in the past. i'm sure it came up in the private conversation. but the president decided not to pick a public fight with the prime minister. but that is one of the huge obstacles to getting the palestinians back to the bargaining table. >> right. senator mitchell, i mean, you heard what john said there. how crucial is this going to be, this part of the debate? >> yeah. it's a very important part of it. let's be clear. every american president since israel was created has opposed israeli settlement construction. democrat and republican alike. no president has ever supported continued expansion of settlements. at the same time, we in israel are close friends and allies. we don't agree on every issue. and that's one on which we disagree. i think john is correc
smaller savings accounts are safe. the government will pay those with at least $130,000 in them. the country's second largest bank will also effectively shut down. experts say that could cost thousands of jobs. some european leaders were reportedly against the entire bailout because experts say cyprus is a tax haven for russian mob centers. greg palkot with the news live in cyprus' capitol city. greg? >> shep, the president of shy plus was on -- cyprus was on tv. he told fellow citizens to be calm. that could be i did. defended his actions of keeping the country out of bankruptcy and eurozone. people here and elsewhere are concerned about the high cost of that bailout and most significantly the president's most worrying that seizure of private bank assets help fund this whole thing it's true that smaller depositors were not going to be touched. the fear is if the big guys could get hit. the small guys could get hit as well. to give you an idea how fluid the situation is. most banks were supposed to reopen on tuesday. others on thursday. fox news can now confirm that all the bank
they can be fearful to come forward. what are they going to do? >>steve: if they're government employees -- this is pure speculation but this happens a lot. something happens -- listen, don't make a big deal out of this and we'll take care of you. if you make a lot of racket -- >>brian: you've been watching too much tv. let's talk about something else. remember andrew jackson? after he would be -- after he won the white house, his defeat against john quincy adams, he invited all his guys to come into the white house and they wrecked the place. they started deciding we've got to watch who we bring into the white house. when this president won he said it's going to be the people's house, not going to be subjected to lobbyist groups. according to to a column today, we find out it is becoming a place where only the rich can go. >>steve: the white house currently -- you're taking a live shot at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. the tours are closed because of that scary darned sequester. it's closed to the poor but it's open to the rich. and what's interesting over the last couple of days, know that
in action. so, these kids lose a parent in the war, they can have help from the u.s. government to go to college. only now, those grants are being cut. by more than a third. here you go, kid. sorry about your mom, your dad, go study up on the sequester. last week, the army announced it was suspended new grants for tuition assistance for soldiers themselves. again, the sequester. and a situation where troops returning from war are forced to wait in a very, very, very long line for the benefits we oweded them. the benefits we promised them and for which they are eligible. nearly 900,000 veterans waiting right now just to hear back from the veterans administration. the average wait to hear back now is nine months. it's even longer if you have just come back from iraq or aufg. with so many veterans now able to come home, we have not done what we need to do in order to accommodate them, so the wait times are getting longer and not shorts. wait times and kuos to college grants, they're not a scam like the thing rick scott's lieutenant governor was tied up in. there's no one profiting from t
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